Dependency # 08
2/4 in the size 16x24
1/4 in the size 24x36
(…)Irony and wrong-footing, communication strategies largely common among current culture, are those ones picked out by Giovanni Presutti in Dependency, photographic works reflecting on dependency as a mean of survival to contemporary life. The author has a great synthesis skill that let him give a truthful picture of our society. He is able to make us smile in front of single images, but above all he fosters a careful and whole reflection on the man forced to take on a lot of different behaviours and the consequent habits, so that he lays his own weakness bare to us, his deep frailty that appears as his distinctive feature even if he doesn’t want to show it. (…)Presutti doesn’t choose a dramatic approach, he doesn’t want to emphasize the matter as it is common to some photographers of his generation. There isn’t rhetoric in his photos, his look is ironic but deep, amused but critic, the images are made up with a careful accuracy and exactness. When present, the colours are bright and modulated, able to lead the user’s eyes on the most significant aspects. The language used by Presutti is similar to that one of fashion and publicity, he takes part in social discussion without that emphasis used by Oliviero Toscani in some of his famous photos, lacking in that desecrating style at all costs. He stages his dreams, his ideas and his nightmares as Maurizio Cattelan does in his editorial project Toilet Paper by means of Pierpaolo Ferrari’s lens(…).
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Born in Florence, Italy, on 03 30 1965, where he still lives. In 1998 he graduates from the photography school Art.E in Florence. From 2003 to 2005 he develops the project “Reflexions” in Paris, with others photographers under the supervision of Giorgia Fiorio and Gabriel Bauret. Then He had an intense exhibition activity in Italy and abroad either in public than private museums and gallery, in several cities as New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Milan, Rome, Turin, Venice, Florence, Naples, Pietrasanta, Genoa ( last of them in Biennale di Venezia 2011 and Rencontres Des Arles 2012). He got several prizes. First prize in A better world in 2008 ( third in 2010), first prize in portfolio ariosto 2007, Finalist in Arte laguna Prize in 2011 and 2012, Winner of Premio Musa in 2011 in the Biennale of the Absurd in Castelvetro Modena, winner of Memorial Mario Giacomelli in 2011, selected for Descubrimientos Photoespana 2012, finalist of Premio Ponchielli 2012, winner of Donkeyart Prize 2012, winner of Fofu phot’art challenge 2012, winner of Malamegi prize 2014, winner of IFAP prize in 2017. He published in several magazines, some of them China Life Magazine, Vanity fair, Espresso, Sette Magazine. In 2008 he published the book “Mirror”, in 2013 the ebook "Eolo", in 2015 the book "Contemporanea" and in 2018 the book "The era of beyond truth". He is a member of Synap(see) collective.